Congress Needs to Fund Conservation Program | News, Sports, Jobs

One year after the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was made permanent, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are coming together to give the program the funding it needs to conserve nature in West Virginia and across America.

Sen. Joe Manchin D-W.Va., with Sen. Cory Gardner R-Co. and a suite of bipartisan co-sponsors, on Monday introduced a package that would fully and permanently fund LWCF and address the backlog of maintenance issues at our country’s national parks.

The bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, is truly bipartisan, garnering support from dozens of Republicans and Democrats including, importantly, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito R-W.Va.

President Donald Trump is also vocally supportive. Plus, a diverse array of constituents ranging from businesses to nonprofits to industry trade groups–and millions of Americans, including many in West Virginia–want want Congress to take action on these critical issues.

The great support for LWCF is not surprising. Over its 54-year history, LWCF has protected baseball fields, historic sites and recreation areas in nearly every county in the United States, including some of the most spectacular…

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